Automotive Academy welcomes Further Education commitment

27 March 2006 #SMMT News

The Automotive Academy has welcomed today’s government White Paper on further education. The paper outlines a range of measures to improve the sector. The Academy has, however, warned that the proposals must be adopted quickly to allow employees to fully gain from the very best, and appropriate, training.


Today’s White Paper sets out:

  • A new entitlement for free tuition for learners aged 19-25 studying for their first Level 3 (two ‘A’ Levels or equivalent); the qualifications that the automotive industry needs;
  • New Adult Learning Grants to provide a weekly maintenance allowance for learners on low incomes studying for Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications;
  • Trials of a new learner accounts programme at Level 3;
  • Raising the quality of teaching and training by creating a Quality Improvement Strategy including mandatory CPD training for staff;
  • Giving employers greater say in the provision of education and training, by expanding work-based training to meet employers’ needs;
  • A new Learner Accounts programme for adults on technician, skilled trade and associate professional qualifications, subsidising the cost of courses.



Dr Alan Begg, Automotive Academy chief executive, said, ‘We welcome this White Paper which proves the Secretary of State’s and Chancellor’s continuing commitment to training. We need to ensure that the further education field is delivering what industry needs, with trainers who are well qualified to deliver the training. The Automotive Academy is committed to making globally competitive training available through its network of accredited providers, and has invested heavily in upskilling trainers and assessors. We see this as critical in delivering the skills to improve the UK’s competitiveness and productivity.’


The DfES White Paper, ‘Further Education: raising Skills, Improving Life Chances’ can be accessed at:

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